A gallery of Lottery Scam Spam that I have received.
Lottery scam quick guide: it's a scam if...
you win any lottery where you didn't buy a ticket! It's really that
easy! It's not just too good to be true: it's bait in a trap!
you receive a generous grant out of the blue. Sadly (but not
surprisingly) there aren't any benevolent people regularly throwing
around millions of pounds/dollars/euros to randomly chosen people. This
is just the lottery scam without the ticket.
they send you partial payment in the form of a cheque, money order, or
direct bank transfer and want you to pay them fees out of that money.
They're playing you for a sucker: cheques are frequently forged, and
direct transfers made by compromising some poor schmuck's online
banking service. You'll wind up a victim of fraud, or a party to it.
they want you to send them any money of any sort for any reason. They
might try to say there are courier fees or taxes to cover. They're lying. Call
their bluff and tell them to take the fees out themselves -- they'll
never ever agree, because they can't defraud you unless money is making
the reverse trip from you to them somehow.
Monday, November 13, 2006
---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: draws <email@example.com> Date: 11-Nov-2006 23:50 Subject: NOTICE...CONGRATULATIONS!!!! 2006 To:
FROM THE OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT POWERBALL EURO E-MAIL INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPT
WINNING NOTIFICATION / FINAL NOTICE...CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
This is to inform you of the release of the E-MAIL LOTTERY BALLOT INTERNATIONAL/WORLD GAMING BOARD. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number 219028657434 with Serial number 918735625 drew the lucky numbers of 21-70-81-82-99, which consequently won the lottery in the 1st category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum payment of 1,000,000.00euros only, which is deposited with the United Kingdom Clearing house in your favor as beneficiary and covered with HIGH INSURANCE POLICY. It is important that keep your winning confidential to avoid people garnering your information and subsequently making claim with your winning paraphernalia information, POWERBALL EURO E-MAIL INTERNATIONAL will decline payment if such irregularity occurs.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from only Microsoft users from over 20,000.00 companies and 3,000,000.00 individual email addresses and names from all over the world. To begin your lottery claim, please contact our agent below that have been appointed for the processing of your claim with your contact telephone and fax number to begin the processing of your payment.
This promotion is offered only electronically via the Internet and is open to all persons from age 18 years and above with a valid email address and who live in any of the aforementioned countries. This promotion is void in all other countries and is also void where prohibited. Principals and employees of POWERBALL EURO E-MAIL INTERNATIONAL Promos and its respective Parents, subsidiaries and their immediate families are not eligible.
It is our standard practice to allocate accredited agents for the processing of claims application. It is even more imperative for overseas winners. To begin your claims therefore, you are advised as a matter of urgency, to contact the under listed licensed and accredited claims agent for the processing of your prize awards winning. Please contact the clearing house(through your claims agent only) the body assigned with the verification of all emergent winner. Therefore all protocols laid down by them must be followed to facilitate your claims;
(A) Being one of the lucky winners, you constitute entrant's full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of our terms and conditions of claims to avoid any discrepancy in the cause of payment of your prize awards winning.
(B) To avoid double claims, you are advised to keep your winning details very confidential, as any discrepancies resulting from a breach of this confidentiality on the part of the winners will be covered solely by such winner as our staffs are bound by the oath of secrecy taken on employment. Congratulations again from all our staffs and thank you for being part of our Promotions program.
NB: PLEASE SEE THAT YOU QUOTE YOUR REF AND BATCH NUMBERS IN YOUR Correspondence TO YOUR CLAIMS AGENT.
This blog is an offshoot of iDeceive, which documents deceptive Internet activity. For more general information, please go to that blog. All entries posted here are Lottery Scams. If you've received an email that resembles anything posted here, you'd be well advised to assume it's a scam.